Luke 2
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The Birth of Jesus

(Isaiah 7:10-16; Micah 5:1-6; Matthew 1:18-25)

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1In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world.1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be registered.1Now in those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus, that a census be taken of all the inhabited earth.1And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.1In those days a decree went out from Caesar Augustus that the whole empire should be registered.
2(This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.)2This was the first registration when Quirinius was governor of Syria.2This was the first census taken while Quirinius was governor of Syria.2(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)2This first registration took place while Quirinius was governing Syria.
3And everyone went to their own town to register.3And all went to be registered, each to his own town.3And everyone was on his way to register for the census, each to his own city.3And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.3So everyone went to be registered, each to his own town.
4So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David.4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the town of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David,4Joseph also went up from Galilee, from the city of Nazareth, to Judea, to the city of David which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David,4And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)4And Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee, to Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family line of David,
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5He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child.5to be registered with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child.5in order to register along with Mary, who was engaged to him, and was with child.5To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.5to be registered along with Mary, who was engaged to him and was pregnant.
6While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born,6And while they were there, the time came for her to give birth.6While they were there, the days were completed for her to give birth.6And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.6While they were there, the time came for her to give birth.
7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.7And she gave birth to her firstborn son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.7And she gave birth to her firstborn son; and she wrapped Him in cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.7And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.7Then she gave birth to her firstborn Son, and she wrapped Him snugly in cloth and laid Him in a feeding trough--because there was no room for them at the lodging place.

The Shepherds and Angels

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8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night.8And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.8In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and keeping watch over their flock by night.8And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.8In the same region, shepherds were staying out in the fields and keeping watch at night over their flock.
9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.9And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with great fear.9And an angel of the Lord suddenly stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them; and they were terribly frightened.9And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.9Then an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified.
10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.10And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.10But the angel said to them, "Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of great joy which will be for all the people;10And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.10But the angel said to them, "Don't be afraid, for look, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people:
11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.11for today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.11For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.11Today a Savior, who is Messiah the Lord, was born for you in the city of David.
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12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."12And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger.”12"This will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger."12And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.12This will be the sign for you: You will find a baby wrapped snugly in cloth and lying in a feeding trough."
13Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying,13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,13And suddenly there appeared with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,13And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,13Suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying:
14"Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests."14“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!”14"Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom He is pleased."14Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.14Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to people He favors!
15When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about."15When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.”15When the angels had gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds began saying to one another, "Let us go straight to Bethlehem then, and see this thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us."15And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.15When the angels had left them and returned to heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let's go straight to Bethlehem and see what has happened, which the Lord has made known to us."
16So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.16And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger.16So they came in a hurry and found their way to Mary and Joseph, and the baby as He lay in the manger.16And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger.16They hurried off and found both Mary and Joseph, and the baby who was lying in the feeding trough.
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17When they had seen him, they spread the word concerning what had been told them about this child,17And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this child.17When they had seen this, they made known the statement which had been told them about this Child.17And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.17After seeing them, they reported the message they were told about this child,
18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.18And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.18And all who heard it wondered at the things which were told them by the shepherds.18And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds.18and all who heard it were amazed at what the shepherds said to them.
19But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.19But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.19But Mary treasured all these things, pondering them in her heart.19But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.19But Mary was treasuring up all these things in her heart and meditating on them.
20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things they had heard and seen, which were just as they had been told.20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.20The shepherds went back, glorifying and praising God for all that they had heard and seen, just as had been told them.20And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had seen and heard, just as they had been told.

Jesus Presented at the Temple

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21On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived.21And at the end of eight days, when he was circumcised, he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.21And when eight days had passed, before His circumcision, His name was then called Jesus, the name given by the angel before He was conceived in the womb.21And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS, which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.21When the eight days were completed for His circumcision, He was named Jesus--the name given by the angel before He was conceived.
22When the time came for the purification rites required by the Law of Moses, Joseph and Mary took him to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord22And when the time came for their purification according to the Law of Moses, they brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord22And when the days for their purification according to the law of Moses were completed, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord22And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord;22And when the days of their purification according to the law of Moses were finished, they brought Him up to Jerusalem to present Him to the Lord
23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to the Lord"),23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, “Every male who first opens the womb shall be called holy to the Lord”)23(as it is written in the Law of the Lord, "EVERY firstborn MALE THAT OPENS THE WOMB SHALL BE CALLED HOLY TO THE LORD "),23(As it is written in the law of the Lord, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;)23(just as it is written in the law of the Lord: Every firstborn male will be dedicated to the Lord)
24and to offer a sacrifice in keeping with what is said in the Law of the Lord: "a pair of doves or two young pigeons."24and to offer a sacrifice according to what is said in the Law of the Lord, “a pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.”24and to offer a sacrifice according to what was said in the Law of the Lord, "A PAIR OF TURTLEDOVES OR TWO YOUNG PIGEONS."24And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.24and to offer a sacrifice (according to what is stated in the law of the Lord: a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons).

The Prophecy of Simeon

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25Now there was a man in Jerusalem called Simeon, who was righteous and devout. He was waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was on him.25Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him.25And there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon; and this man was righteous and devout, looking for the consolation of Israel; and the Holy Spirit was upon him.25And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him.25There was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, looking forward to Israel's consolation, and the Holy Spirit was on him.
26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not die before he had seen the Lord's Messiah.26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.26And it had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he had seen the Lord's Christ.26And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ.26It had been revealed to him by the Holy Spirit that he would not see death before he saw the Lord's Messiah.
27Moved by the Spirit, he went into the temple courts. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to do for him what the custom of the Law required,27And he came in the Spirit into the temple, and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him according to the custom of the Law,27And he came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to carry out for Him the custom of the Law,27And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,27Guided by the Spirit, he entered the temple complex. When the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform for Him what was customary under the law,
28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying:28he took him up in his arms and blessed God and said,28then he took Him into his arms, and blessed God, and said,28Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said,28Simeon took Him up in his arms, praised God, and said:
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29"Sovereign Lord, as you have promised, you may now dismiss your servant in peace.29“Lord, now you are letting your servant depart in peace, according to your word;29"Now Lord, You are releasing Your bond-servant to depart in peace, According to Your word;29Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word:29Now, Master, You can dismiss Your slave in peace, as You promised.
30For my eyes have seen your salvation,30for my eyes have seen your salvation30For my eyes have seen Your salvation,30For mine eyes have seen thy salvation,30For my eyes have seen Your salvation.
31which you have prepared in the sight of all nations:31that you have prepared in the presence of all peoples,31Which You have prepared in the presence of all peoples,31Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people;31You have prepared it in the presence of all peoples--
32a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of your people Israel."32a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and for glory to your people Israel.”32A LIGHT OF REVELATION TO THE GENTILES, And the glory of Your people Israel."32A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.32a light for revelation to the Gentiles and glory to Your people Israel.
33The child's father and mother marveled at what was said about him.33And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him.33And His father and mother were amazed at the things which were being said about Him.33And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.33His father and mother were amazed at what was being said about Him.
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34Then Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother: "This child is destined to cause the falling and rising of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be spoken against,34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, “Behold, this child is appointed for the fall and rising of many in Israel, and for a sign that is opposed34And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary His mother, "Behold, this Child is appointed for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and for a sign to be opposed--34And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against;34Then Simeon blessed them and told His mother Mary: "Indeed, this child is destined to cause the fall and rise of many in Israel and to be a sign that will be opposed--
35so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed. And a sword will pierce your own soul too."35(and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), so that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed.”35and a sword will pierce even your own soul-- to the end that thoughts from many hearts may be revealed."35(Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.35and a sword will pierce your own soul--that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed."

The Prophecy of Anna

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36There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,36And there was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years, having lived with her husband seven years from when she was a virgin,36And there was a prophetess, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was advanced in years and had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,36And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity;36There was also a prophetess, Anna, a daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was well along in years, having lived with her husband seven years after her marriage,
37and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying.37and then as a widow until she was eighty-four. She did not depart from the temple, worshiping with fasting and prayer night and day.37and then as a widow to the age of eighty-four. She never left the temple, serving night and day with fastings and prayers.37And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.37and was a widow for 84 years. She did not leave the temple complex, serving God night and day with fasting and prayers.
38Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.38And coming up at that very hour she began to give thanks to God and to speak of him to all who were waiting for the redemption of Jerusalem.38At that very moment she came up and began giving thanks to God, and continued to speak of Him to all those who were looking for the redemption of Jerusalem.38And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.38At that very moment, she came up and began to thank God and to speak about Him to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.

The Return to Nazareth

(Isaiah 61:1-11; Matthew 2:19-23; Matthew 13:53-58; Mark 6:1-6; Luke 4:16-30)

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39When Joseph and Mary had done everything required by the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee to their own town of Nazareth.39And when they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.39When they had performed everything according to the Law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city of Nazareth.39And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth.39When they had completed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
40And the child grew and became strong; he was filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was on him.40And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.40The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.40And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.40The boy grew up and became strong, filled with wisdom, and God's grace was on Him.

The Boy Jesus at the Temple

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41Every year Jesus' parents went to Jerusalem for the Festival of the Passover.41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.41Now His parents went to Jerusalem every year at the Feast of the Passover.41Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover.41Every year His parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival.
42When he was twelve years old, they went up to the festival, according to the custom.42And when he was twelve years old, they went up according to custom.42And when He became twelve, they went up there according to the custom of the Feast;42And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.42When He was 12 years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival.
43After the festival was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it.43And when the feast was ended, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. His parents did not know it,43and as they were returning, after spending the full number of days, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem. But His parents were unaware of it,43And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it.43After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but His parents did not know it.
44Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends.44but supposing him to be in the group they went a day’s journey, but then they began to search for him among their relatives and acquaintances,44but supposed Him to be in the caravan, and went a day's journey; and they began looking for Him among their relatives and acquaintances.44But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day's journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance.44Assuming He was in the traveling party, they went a day's journey. Then they began looking for Him among their relatives and friends.
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45When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.45and when they did not find him, they returned to Jerusalem, searching for him.45When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem looking for Him.45And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.45When they did not find Him, they returned to Jerusalem to search for Him.
46After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.46After three days they found him in the temple, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.46Then, after three days they found Him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the teachers, both listening to them and asking them questions.46And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions.46After three days, they found Him in the temple complex sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions.
47Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers.47And all who heard him were amazed at his understanding and his answers.47And all who heard Him were amazed at His understanding and His answers.47And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.47And all those who heard Him were astounded at His understanding and His answers.
48When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you."48And when his parents saw him, they were astonished. And his mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us so? Behold, your father and I have been searching for you in great distress.”48When they saw Him, they were astonished; and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us this way? Behold, Your father and I have been anxiously looking for You."48And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing.48When His parents saw Him, they were astonished, and His mother said to Him, "Son, why have You treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for You."
49"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?"49And he said to them, “Why were you looking for me? Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house?”49And He said to them, "Why is it that you were looking for Me? Did you not know that I had to be in My Father's house?"49And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father's business?49"Why were you searching for Me?" He asked them. "Didn't you know that I had to be in My Father's house?"
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50But they did not understand what he was saying to them.50And they did not understand the saying that he spoke to them.50But they did not understand the statement which He had made to them.50And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.50But they did not understand what He said to them.
51Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart.51And he went down with them and came to Nazareth and was submissive to them. And his mother treasured up all these things in her heart.51And He went down with them and came to Nazareth, and He continued in subjection to them; and His mother treasured all these things in her heart.51And he went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart.51Then He went down with them and came to Nazareth and was obedient to them. His mother kept all these things in her heart.
52And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and man.52And Jesus increased in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and man.52And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.52And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and with people.



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